Humanity's failure to slow the rate of global heating can be measured by a single number: the number of parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. A decade ago this number was 392. As of February 2021, Mauna Loa Observatory measured CO2concentration to be 416.75 ppm, a rise of 2.31 ppm since February of the preceding year, despite decreased economic activity from the Corona Virus pandemic.
System Change Not Climate Change, Facebook Live, December 19, 2020
SCNCC is thrilled to be hosting our first Ecosocialist Solstice Artivists Showcase, in which we will feature and celebrate the visual, escritorial, and performing arts, and the artists and writers who create them.
Register for the event, which will be done live via Zoom starting at 4:00 p.m. ET, 2:00 p.m. CT, 3:00 p.m. MT, 4:00 p.m. ET (all US/Canada) on Sunday, December 20.
Although scientists have been publishing on the viral consequences of deforestation for decades, Andreas Malm’s Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency is the first publicly accessible book that connects pandemics, climate change, and capitalism. Even more ambitiously, Malm proposes a solution to end all three.
Ecosocialism is a wide-ranging philosophy covering how we interact with our planet and with each other. The basic premise is that the capitalist system is inherently ruinous to the well-being of our planet’s ecology and all those who live on it, both human and non-human. I will note here that the global land and ocean surface temperature of the earth for March 2020 was 1.16°C above the 20th century average and the second highest in the 141-year history of record-keeping.
The Green New Deal will need to be subject to constant vigilance and pressure—from experts who understand exactly what it will take, and from social movements that have decades of experience bearing the brunt of false climate solutions.
When I think back on this crisis in the years to come, two images will stay with me. One is of ordinary Italians singing to one another across balconies in solidarity with neighbors in isolation and caregivers on the frontlines. The other is that of the Indian police hosing down migrant workers and their children with bleach for ‘daring’ to walk cross country once their workplaces closed during lock down and no public transport was available for them to get home.